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Nehemiah 9:16-18

Context

9:16 “But they – our ancestors 1  – behaved presumptuously; they rebelled 2  and did not obey your commandments. 9:17 They refused to obey and did not recall your miracles that you had performed among them. Instead, they rebelled and appointed a leader to return to their bondage in Egypt. 3  But you are a God of forgiveness, merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and unfailing in your loyal love. 4  You did not abandon them, 9:18 even when they made a cast image of a calf for themselves and said, ‘This is your God who brought you up from Egypt,’ or when they committed atrocious 5  blasphemies.

1 tn Heb “and our fathers.” The vav is explicative.

2 tn Heb “they stiffened their neck” (so also in the following verse).

3 tc The present translation follows a few medieval Hebrew MSS and the LXX in reading בְּמִצְרָיִם (bÿmitsrayim, “in Egypt”; so also NAB, NASB, NRSV, TEV, NLT) rather than the MT reading בְּמִרְיָם (bÿmiryam, “in their rebellion”).

4 tc The translation follows the Qere reading חֶסֶד (khesed, “loyal love”) rather than the Kethib reading וְחֶסֶד (vÿkhesed, “and loyal love”) of the MT.

5 tn Heb “great.”



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